Pensioners' incomes series

Statistics for the average net income for single pensioners or pensioner couples.


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This series contains estimates of the levels, sources and distribution of pensioners’ incomes. It also examines the position of pensioners within the income distribution of the population as a whole. The series includes information about gross and net income, both before and after housing costs. The ‘after housing costs’ estimates better reflect the income pensioners actually have to spend.

The publication is based on 2 household surveys – the Family Expenditure Survey and the Family Resources Survey. The latest information, for the financial years 1994/95 to 2012/13, comes from the Family Resources Survey.

Older publications

Pensioners’ incomes series statistics and methodological published before May 2010 are available on The National Archives website – Pensioners’ incomes series: previous editions and methodological papers

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About these statistics

Coverage: United Kingdom

Geographic breakdown: Government Office Region

Future releases

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Contacts and more information

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